There is a wealth of educational apps out there for children and young adults and sometimes it’s hard to know which to download, as many seem to offer the same things. It’s even harder when you’re looking for an app to target specific areas of learning, especially if the person who will be using it has learning disabilities and the app is designed to help them learn new skills. You don’t want to waste time and money on the wrong apps, so we’ve listed our top 5 apps for young adults with learning disabilities here:

Touch Autism Apps

Touch Autism have developed a wide range of apps designed for children and young adults with Autism. These are designed to cover skills in a variety of specific areas, such as emotional development, social skills, educational elements and coping with daily tasks such as going shopping.

The apps are available on iTunes for Apple users and are split into iPhone and iPad specific apps.

Touch Autism apps on iTunes

Stop, Breathe & Think

This app is designed for those who struggle to control their emotions and aims to improve mindfulness by encouraging users to stop, breathe and think before reacting to situations that they may struggle with. The app is set out in journal form and allows users to write down their feelings on the go. There is a premium version available but the free version works well.

It is available for Apple and Android users and can be set up to remind users through their device to journal their thoughts.

Stop, Breathe & Think on iTunes

Stop, Breathe & Think on Google Play

Ghotit Real Writer

This is a premium app, but it is invaluable for those with Dyslexia and Dysgraphia as it automatically corrects badly spelled words, confused words, homophones, punctuation and grammar as you write. It also has a “read aloud” function so you can hear documents instead of reading them, and offers phonetic support to make reading easier.

This app is available on both iTunes and Google Play and costs £99.99 and £89.99 respectively.

Ghotit Real Writer on iTunes

Ghotit Real Writer on Google Play

Spread the Sign

Spread the Sign is one of the largest sign language dictionaries available on the market with over 200,000 signs listed. It can be used alongside other learning methods to teach both sufferers and caregivers a huge vocabulary of words and phrases in 19 different sign languages, including British, German, French and Italian.

The initial download is free but it does offer in app purchases to expand out the elements you can use.

Spread the Sign on iTunes

Spread the Sign on Google Play

Learn Braille Alphabet

Designed to aid those with visual impairments, Learn Braille Alphabet offers a set of Lessons to teach users the basics, and then expands this into wider tasks such as alphabet matching and listening practice. This is also useful for caregivers who need to help with learning.

The app isn’t free but at £1.39 on Google Play and £0.49p on iTunes, it’s not the biggest investment in the world.

Learn Braille Alphabet on iTunes

Learn Braille Alphabet on Google Play